Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin Review!

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Title : Tabula Rasa
Author : Kristen Lippert-Martin
Pages : 352
Published : September 23rd 2014
Publisher : EgmontUSA
Source : Edelweiss

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction?

The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access them, she'll need the help of the teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and a pill that's blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . .

"This is a snap-the-whip story, dark and fast. The sparks of humor in the voice won me over. Bottom line: I think the cocktail of suspense and believable smart-assery adds up to an addictive dose of reader appeal." --Blythe Woolston, author of the William C. Morris Award winner The Freak Observer.

My Thoughts : 

Tabula Rasa starts with us seeing Sarah strapped to a chair and about to have her brain drilled! She isn't struggling though because this is voluntary. She cant remember why she volunteered but she knows she did. The program is meant to erase troubled memories and give the patient a new start in life. Sarah has been content to go through with the treatments until during her final treatment the lights go out and someone trusts a bag of something into her hand. She knows not to check it till she goes back to her room and is away from prying eyes.

There are 3 pills inside the bag with instructions to take one at exactly 24 hour intervals. She takes one without thinking and not long after starts getting flashbacks. Who gave her the tablets and why? Why did they pick the exact day that elite soldiers break into the hospital intent on killing Sarah to give her the tablets? Why exactly are soldiers trying to kill her? She needs to get her memories back or she will be killed. 

Well this was quite the surprise!! Talk about an action packed book. This book doesn't stop from the first page till the last so be prepared for a rollercoaster of a ride. 

Sarah is an enigma at the start. She knows nothing about herself until her flash backs start. Who is she and why is she there? I absolutely loved the intrigue of finding out who she is. We get to know her slowly over the course of the book and one things for certain, she is an awesome heroine. So brave and strong!! 

When the soldiers attack, Sarah meets Thomas and I have to say that he is such a sweetheart. He is hacker and was hired, along with his father, to hack the system of the hospital but he has no idea who hired him or why. He was my favourite character because of his loyalness and strength. He helps Sarah because its the right thing to do. I loved seeing their relationship grow and even though there's no much romance, its still really sweet.

Plot wise, its an extremely faced paced read and one that will have you on the edge of your seat sometimes. The author definitely knows how to keep her readers tense and only throw enough at them to constantly keep us guessing. I loved how the book came together at the end.

Overall Tabula Rasa is a superbly written rollercoaster of a ride! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I could barely stop reading because I had to see what happened next. A very thrilling, intriguing read and one Id highly recommend. 


  1. I've been hearing mixed reviews on this book, but it just sounds so interesting. Though the heroine doesn't seem very smart. If someone handed me random pills, no way am I taking one. This book looks like one of those read in a single setting books. (Like the Maze Runner) It's also nice to see a stand alone book for a change. Nice review. :)

    1. Lol, I thought the same but she had been through so much that she thought why not!! I loved this! Its non stop from the very first page and while I didnt read it in one sitting, I did fly through it!!